As per a study done by the National Cassava Sector Coordination Committee (NCSCC) of Liberia revealed that:

Fresh cassava: waxed, root peeled, dried, instant boiled and vacuum-packed cassava. The development driver priority would be to promote food security and food import substitution. The destination markets include village markets, city

markets, supermarkets, millers and processors.

Processed cassava: this segment includes basic processed products such as gari, fufu, baby food, cassava bread, snacks, biscuits, etc. Targeting this segment will promote increased employment, food import substitution and food security in both rural and urban areas. Markets identified include village and city markets, but also regional and international markets (EU, USA & Asia).

Animal feed: the second most important utilization of cassava worldwide is animal feed. At present about a quarter of the global production of cassava is utilized as feed ingredient for pork, poultry, cattle and fish farming, directly or indirectly through its incorporation into compound feeds. Within the EU, the largest markets for cassava in terms of feed are the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Portugal.

High quality cassava flour (HQCF): mixed flour for bakeries in Liberia and the sub-region is another market opportunity for stakeholders of the sector and for an effective substitution of imported wheat flour.

Bio fuel market: viewed from a middle and long-term perspective, the bio fuel industry could also be a viable market segment.

- Where To Grow Or Source Your Cassava And For Value Addition And Processing

Annual cassava production in Liberia is 520,000 tons, over 65,000 hectares across the country.

Cassava is grown on flat land and is usually intercropped with maize and sometimes sweet potatoes and peppers. In addition to the improvement of local varieties widely used by producers, the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) has a long-running program that focuses on developing high yielding, disease resistant cassava varieties. CARICASS I, CARICASS II, and CARICASS III are examples of those varieties developed and already released and diff used.

Typical yields are estimated to be between 6 and 10 mt/ha on upland farms. Inputs suppliers import crop seeds, agro- chemicals and equipment for domestic sales to farmers in Monrovia and urban centers throughout the country.

Only 17% of input dealers sell cassava planting materials while fertilizer use by farmers is limited, giving a large market for expansion in input providers. The counties with land most suitable for cassava production are Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru and Maryland. Lofa, Bong, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa

have existing warehouse structures that are available for leasing or buying.